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Gidget (1959)

 |  Comedy  |  10 April 1959 (USA)
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A young girl discovers surfing and love (in that order) during one transitive summer.



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Due to an accident while swimming in the sea, Francis meets the surfer Moondoggy. She's fascinated of his sport and starts to hang out with his clique. Although they make fun of her at first, they teach her to surf. Soon she's accepted and given the nickname "Gidget". But it's hard work to become more than a friend to Moondoggy. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Watch out Brigitte...here comes Gidget!




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10 April 1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

April entdeckt die Männer  »

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(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The producer wanted Elvis Presley to play the leading male role but the studio declined because Presley was at the time too expensive. See more »


When The Kahuna first goes out to surf the cigar in his mouth is shorter than when he comes back in from surfing. See more »


Gidget: You better get out of the sun before you melt.
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Referenced in The Girls Next Door: Surf's Up (2008) See more »


The Next Best Thing to Love
Lyrics by Stanley Styne
Music by Fred Karger
Performed by James Darren (uncredited)
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16 May 2004 | by (West Chester, Pa) – See all my reviews

Probably the genesis of the Grade-B surfing and Beach Blanket movies, no mean feat in my humble opinion. Dee is spunky teen (only 15 when this was filmed!) who gets in over her head, in more ways than one, hanging out with the older guy surfers. The boys don't know whether to take her seriously or not, until she ends up on "old-timer" Robertson's couch with the lights off and the fire roaring..... Light comedy/drama played straight by the actors to a pleasing finale. Kind of ahead of its time, it has more of an early-mid 60's than a 50's feel. There's only one real Gidget - this one - which was followed by several inferior movie and television productions, none involving Dee. Frankie Avalon stole Robertson's character name, the Big Kahuna, for his 1987 beach blanket reprise "Back to the Beach".

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